The New York Islanders failed to clinch their first trip to the Eastern Conference Final in 27 years as Philadelphia forces game seven.
Philadelphia Capitalizes in the First
As the first period began the New York Islanders had the jump in their step. However, it was the flyers who scored first at 10:16 in the first from a Kevin Hayes wrister. Philadelphia continued their forecheck as they looked for another goal. Well, that forecheck proved to work as James van Riemsdyk netted the flyer’s second goal at 11:56.
The Islanders sensed something had to be done to stop Philadelphia’s surge so they got back to the basics and started playing Islanders hockey. The Islanders forecheck started to work and the game looked to be shifting back in New York’s favor. Well at 16:03 Derick Brassard cashed in and the Islanders cut the lead to one heading into intermission.
New York Islanders dominate the Second
If the Islanders had any chance at winning this game they’d need a strong second period. Well, that’s exactly what New York did as they scored at 1:24 into the second thanks to Matt Martin. The Islander’s second-period surge did not end there as captain Anders Lee netted his seventh of the postseason at 3:06 to give the Islanders their first lead of the night.
The Islander’s constant pressure did not throw off the flyers completely as they managed to sneak one past Semyon Varlamov thanks to Michael Raffl at 13:21. As the flyers tied the game the Islanders did not look fazed at all and they continued to dominate the game. Well as time ticked by the Islanders managed to score with just 3o seconds left in the period. This goal came at 19:30 thanks to a beautiful Mat Barzal snipe.
Philadelphia ties the game up
The Islanders only needed to shut out the Flyers for 2o minutes and they’d be headed to the eastern conference final. Well, they failed at that task. In a period where the Islanders dominated, Philadelphia was the only team that to score. The goal came at 9:53 in the third as Scott Laughton capitalized on a breakaway. This game was headed to overtime.
Philadelphia wins in Double Overtime
The Islanders and Flyers needed double overtime to settle game 6. This series is no stranger to overtime as both the flyers win in this series came in overtime. Well like the past overtime game in this series this one wasn’t any different. Ivan Provorov scored the GWG to send this series to game 7.
What’s Next for New York?
The Islanders and Flyers will play Game 7 on Saturday night. Saturday night can see the Islanders extending their season or see the Islanders leave the bubble in total heartbreak. As always feel free to leave your thoughts on tonight’s game down below!